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    Guilt: Good conditioner? Detrimental to well-being?



    Watched CSI Miami fairly recently, and a quote from the movie...paraphrased...'Guilt is what keeps you sharp'. Anyways this got me thinking about the purpose of guilt.

    So is guilt a good conditioner? When is guilt a good thing if it is a good thing? Or is it detrimental to happiness, and therefore to be avoided? Or is there some sort of balance?
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    I'm not sure guilt is very healthy. I prefer that we should know right from wrong without having to rely on an emotional response. But I guess we all make mistakes sometimes, so guilt could be useful then - in helping us see when we have done wrong inadvertantly.

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